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FUDCon Toronto 2009 wrap-up

So, as I promised yesterday, here’s a quick wrap-up of my FUDCon experience. This was my first FUDCon, and it was definitely a lot of fun. My photos of the event are up here. I arrived mid-afternoon on Friday and met James and Will at the airport – they’d been delayed. We got to the […]

Back from FUDCon

Just a quick post to say I’m back from FUDCon. Had a great time, met a lot of people, and managed to do some useful stuff! Also took a lot of pictures, all of which I’m currently uploading. Will do a longer post tomorrow to wrap up everything I actually did, and link to the […]

FUDCon update

I’m here at FUDCon Toronto. At the moment in the Infrastructure team’s session on collaboration – very interesting. Arrived yesterday afternoon and happened to run into the rest of the QA Mafia in the airport, we took a cab to the hotel and then hit Boston Pizza for dinner and the Irish Pub (it’s actually […]

FUDCon: any other arcade fans out there? and misc other stuff

So, here’s a suggestion – for future FUDCons, there should be a mailing list participants can sign up to for pre-event organizing. Things like planned events and gatherings and meals and rideshares and stuff. I think that would be helpful. Since there isn’t such a thing, I’ll post my question here, in the hopes most […]

Misc stuff – comment spam update, Seagate, and video acceleration repo

So, I enabled akismet, and it seems to be on top of the comment spam. I also disabled login with anything but OpenID, just to keep things simple. Let me know if you have any trouble logging in or posting comments. Hard drives can be an emotive topic among those who have to deal with […]

Ikea light bulbs: rubbish

This is by way of being a general public service announcement. Don’t buy Ikea energy saving light bulbs. They’re crap. I bought a job lot of the things from Ikea last year. Let me see – nine of ’em in total. These would be the awesome bulbs that last for ten years, remember. Out of […]

Comment spam counter

So, since enabling my whizzy new comment authentication system, I’ve two comments kindly offering information on handjobs, one on pharmaceuticals and one which I’d really rather not describe. Good thing all this sophisticated modern authentication stuff is so spam-proof, eh? Sigh.

OpenID (and others) login support

So, I’ve had many annoying whines^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H welcome requests from readers in the past for OpenID authentication for posting comments. I didn’t implement this for a long time. I told people it was because I was worried about spam but really it’s because I’m freaking lazy. I tried to enable this a while back with the […]

Video acceleration repository updates

Yesterday and Tuesday I pushed several updates to my experimental video acceleration repositories. Most obviously, there’s now an F11, an F12 and a Rawhide (F13) repo, all in the logical places. I also updated all components; libva is up to sds7, vdpau-video is up to 0.5.2. mplayer-accelerated is up to 20091106 and mplayer-mt is up […]

Engineering fail

I’m not normally much of a one for the Windows / Microsoft-bashing – I tend to just take a live-and-let-live approach – but this write-up of a Windows kernel engineer’s talk is just hideous. Highlights: “In order to make MinWin, Microsoft had to split existing DLLs that had these unwanted dependencies, such as Kernel32.dll. The […]